Welcome return to the scene

Welcome return to the scene

Back 2 Life is a fitting title for Sean Kingston's third studio album. It reflects the singer's strong will to make a comeback following his recovery from severe injuries caused by a jet-ski accident in 2011.

The baby-faced singer has grown; this album radiates maturity, proving he's no longer the tracksuit-clad kid who complimented girls in a pizza bar.

The title track is a strong opener: over uptempo beats, Kingston introspectively sings: "Going through a dark place, dark time ... I was feeling like do or die".

Tracks like Shotta Luv and Ordinary Girl showcases an increased repertoire of beats. He also gives pop-rock a try in Save One for Me, with mixed results.

Kingston has had some memorable party tracks in the past - namely Beautiful Girls and Fire Burning; and he's stepped up his game here, without throwing himself into the usual abyss of drug references and offensive slang.

Back 2 Life is the star's refreshing coming-of-age album, both musically and lyrically. Welcome back to life, Sean.

YP Rating: 4/5

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